Tuesday, May 31, 2011

English Ironstone

I happen to have a love affair with all things English. I can't help it. It all just appeals to me. The fog, the green grass, the cottages, the tea, Jude Law, the accents, and ohhh the china! Any kind of dish to come across the pond seems to be the most exquisite. So here's a little English Ironstone Love I'm sharing, it's also available in my shop
Real English Ironstone Covered Dish

From around the 1960's
And guess who made an appearance there? The pretty little Individual Butter Dish. Thank you to all of you who commented on it, and said how much you like it. I'm not sure if it's Ironstone or porcelain, but it works so well with a white collection. 
This one's made in China
 I want to thank all of you who stopped by to view my little shop, it's kind of you. And for the compliments on the photos, I really appreciate it. I'll be back soon with some things I have been working on in my home, and to share a gift from my Husband. 'Till then "ta" xxx
Links:Faded Charm
A Beach Cottage 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Coming Up Close...

 Everything sounds like...Welcome Home, Come Home...
Yes, I took a trip Home (my home town) and it felt pretty good, seeing old Friends who feel more like Family.
I think I needed to touch base, and to eat at old familiar places, and see old familiar faces.
Along the way I stopped and shopped and picked up a few vintage goodies for my new Shop. Some things I hope you will all like. My theory on the shop is this...I have decided to simply get what I like, and hope you all like it too. And if not, and I end up stuck with it, well, that sounds like a pretty good deal to me;)

So here is the link... 
I would be honored if you had a look.
Thanks so much, xxx tami

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boutique Ouverte

I have finally opened up shop, although I would call this a "soft opening" here are a few items you'll find in my inventory.
Frenchy Table Top Terrariums
Cobalt Blue and Silver Salts with Spoons
Vintage Alarm Clock
Blue Milk Glass Compotes
Yellow Ware Mixing Bowl
Wedgewood Covered Dish
Lavender Bottle Toppers
 Thanks so much for taking a peek, I'll share the link very soon:)
Linking finally to:
Photo Feature Friday

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It Is Pure...

A pretty old Hires Root Beer Mug found on one of my thrifty treasure hunts filled with Honey Suckle.

 It's from the early 1900's, and is a little worse for wear, but I love it.
The color of the Ironstone, and the lettering appeal to me.
And so did the price...$1.00

Also pictured is a pretty little white Ironstone Butter Dome. At least I think that's what it is.

And the Beverage trough behind it was another find, already painted white and distressed for $2.00 it had to come home with me. We have already a larger white one we use for parties, but this one's smaller and perfect for wine.
I picked up these sweet little Chalk Board Clothes Pins not long ago to give away to two random winners as a thank you to those of you who are so kind to comment on my posts. 
Using random.org, I chose a winner from two of my most recent posts and they are as follows
Diane from Passionate For White
And Marty from A Stroll Thru Life
Congratulations Ladies! You each will receive a package of these pretty Chalk Board Clothes Pins to use however you want. They make pretty place card holders or you can glue a magnet to the back and place them on your fridge to hold reminder notes or photos, sky's the limit. Please email me your contact info. Again, thanks to all who visit and comment, and a big Hello and Welcome to my newest followers! xxx tami
(Thanks to those of you who mentioned my flowers are not Honeysuckle, but Star Jasmine or Confederate Jasmine, I thought it might be as a couple friends told me it was, but then it was a bit sticky and had the lovely aroma of Honeysuckles, silly me and my brown thumb)
Joining these parties:
Between Naps On The Porch
A Stroll Thru Life  
Coastal Charm 
Tuesdays Treasures 
Faded Charm 
Wow Us Wednesdays 
A Beach Cottage 
No Minimalist Here 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rachel Ashwell Visits

The High Street Cottage...
well, sort of.
On a treasure hunt today I came across one of her pretty Blue and White pillows, and priced at just $1.48, well it had to come home with me, even though we all know, Red be my thang ;)

I actually picked it up for someone else, who has the right color scheme in her home, but to be honest, there's always room for Blue.

Sorry about the grainy pictures, they were quickies.

By the way, the slipcover on the chair is also Rachel Ashwell, I didn't straighten it, but it fits the chair fairly well, near perfect. 
I really wasn't planning on taking photos, just wanted to share this little treasure. 
Linking to:
A Stroll Thru LIfe
Coastal Charm  
Happy 100th to Kathleen for her Wonderful White Wednesdays!
Savvy Southern Style 
A Beach Cottage 
My Romantic Home 
 Freckled Laundry
Funky Junk Interiors 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Slip Covers Off The Rack

Where to buy affordable white slip covers?
We all love them, but let's face it, they can cost a pretty penny, and for those of us with little or none sewing skills we have to rely on purchasing the ready- made sort.
There are a few things to think about before you embark on your hunt. 
One: what shape is the furniture piece you're covering?
Many retailers sell a basic shape that works for several different sofa or chair types.
If you're covering a wing back like this, I recommend a couple places to shop online. 

 Check out Sure Fit  They have a variety of styles to suit your Wing Back Chair, even one that is shorter with a pretty ruffle at the bottom. 
Another great place to find slip covers is Target 
I search "Simply Shabby Chic Slip Covers" so it brings me right to Rachel Ashwell's lovely covers. She carries slips for dining chairs, arm chairs and sofas and love seats. With pretty shapes that are adaptable to many styles of furniture.

 Off the rack or pre packaged slips however do not arrive at your home, neatly pressed. This is one shocker, they're packed tightly in clear plastic zippy packs and you'll need to pull out the steam iron before slipping them onto your furniture. 
Be ready for a bit of a work out as well, with some pieces. You'll do lots of tucking in here and there ( I used a stiff plastic spatula to push the fabric into the crevices).  I also ironed out some creases after the slip was on my chair (very carefully, though).
 Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect. It's a slip. The idea is casual comfort.
One more tip is this...always, always check the linen section at your local thrift shops.
Over the years I've found a few pretty slips, and even some at my local discount store. The one pictured below was a mere $5 
And finally, check out Ikea  their  slip covers are designed to match their own furniture, however if you measure carefully you may find their affordable covers will work on your piece as well. 
Happy hunting, xxx tami 
Linky Parties I'm A Crashin'
Freckled Laundry
Funky Junk Interiors  
Boogie Board Cottage 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Miniature Musts

I very often find myself wanting to come up with something special to bring as a hostess gift. So years ago I started stocking up on little things I could put together when the time came , without having to stop by store. 
This past year I began picking up pretty little creamer pitchers here and there at the thrift shop. Very reasonably priced, many missing their mates (the sugar bowls). 

I fill them with flowers, and add a tag, the tag can simply say
Merci' or Thank You, or Get Well Soon, or like the one above, Happy Anniversary ( made for my boss on her special day).

My one tip is if the creamer is more petite, I keep the flowers the same, using buds, or smaller blooms. Pull them from your garden, whatever you have on hand. 

My friends and co workers  love them, and I find it a bit more special than just a card.  There are countless ideas though, a special candle (pick up a few when they're on sale), I also fill a mesh bag with sea shells and add a pretty tag with vintage key, for a quick little thank you for any little thing.
Keep pretty mesh bags on hand you can fill with chocolates.
Just little ways to say thank you....and with that...Thank you all, xxx 
I'm crashing the following link parties, stop by to join in the fun over at:
Coastal Charm
A Stroll Thru Life  
A Beach Cottage 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Recently we got some bad news, some friends of ours had a house fire and lost their beloved home. 
We all rallied 'round to make sure they got meals sent to their hotel for dinner and when it was my turn, I made my "Sunday Gravey" which means I made a wonderfully meat filled pasta sauce I cooked for many hours on the stovetop.
I included salad and garlic bread and then wanted to add some sort of sweets for desert and had to come up with it last minute.

I've made this before , so simply spread some Nutella on strawberries, and voila! Instant desert in a few minutes!
Normally when I make these, I spread the Nutella on so it looks like a rosebud, but I was in an incredible hurry and had to let them sit a bit in the fridge while I finished the salad and bread, so these are not exactly neat and pretty, but...I decided to photograph them anyway so you can see how easy it is.

Simply spread Nutella on some washed and cleaned Strawberries you've skewered. ( I keep skewers at the ready in my untensil drawer). I popped them in a box I had on hand, as well as included the pretty ribbon and tissue, also kept at the ready in my credenza drawer for hostess gifts.

This took about ten minutes, and if you slow down a bit they'll look like rosebuds, and you may even get a hug or two;)  

I'm linking up to:
Sarah over at her Beach Cottage for Good Life Wednesdays! 
Sherry's Open House Party 
Fish Tail Cottage 
My Romantic Home 
Tricia's Photo Feature Friday Link Party at A Rosy Note 
The Loverly Linda's at Coastal Charm 

Winner and a Thank You

The time has come (finally, it's been a looong week!) to announce our Pretty in Pearls winner. 

But first I want to say Thank you to Pam Quinn for sponsoring such a sweet giveaway and for this...
I woke up one morning last week to find a small box on my dining room table and this is what was inside...

 I love it, Pam! I wore it with my vintage floral dress, and it was the perfect compliment.

Thank you again, xxx
That being said, our winner is:
          Kimberly of The Sterling Cherub

Who Commented: 
I adore her turquoise bracelet set as those are my favorite colors, and am IN LOVE with the grey pearl set -- so classy and lovely, would be perfect for me to wear to work as I have so many gray and black work clothes (law firm = conservative)

Congratulations Kimberly!!!
Simply email me with your contact info and I'll pass it along to Pam

I'll be back tomorrow, with a new post, and also get back to our random giveaways, which means simply by replying to any of my posts normally, you're entered into a giveaway for May, so you never know when your comment will be the winner,  and I've got something very pretty for the prize.
Thank you also to those of you who are new and following, it's greatly appreciated, and to those who already were, enjoy your day, tami